female contraception

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by @karenharte for the next Illustrated Women in History zine, which will be available at the beginning of April. It will also be exhibited for the whole of April at Swindon Central Library, UK.

One of Ireland’s modern heroines is Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland.

Robinson advocated for the right to the legal availability of contraception, a removal of the requirement that married women resign from the civil service, and the right for women to sit on juries. She proved to be Ireland’s most popular President, breathing new life into the role and passing two important bills into law; legalisation of contraception and decriminalising homosexuality.

She has been has been credited with transforming the role with a presidency of inclusiveness, equality and peace building. Her work played a pivotal role in shaping modern Ireland.

Karen Harte is an illustrator and graphic designer from Dublin, Ireland.  

Instagram: @karen.harte

Twitter: @KarenHarte


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Tony Stark x Fem!Reader

Length: 1253 words

Warnings: mentions of sex, female pronouns, mentions of contraceptives, swears

“P-Pregnant? You?” Tony Stark, the self-proclaimed genius and well-known billionaire, stuttered out. His girlfriend, Y/N Y/L, smirked as he awkwardly began to ramble on, “Y-You’re pregnant? As in, you’re with child? A baby?” His hand was nervously twiddling with the tumbler, something he seldom did.

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anonymous asked:

Condoms are considered a form of birth control you idiot. What you're talking about are oral contraceptives.

Female birth control is not just oral contraceptives. It includes the implant, the pill, the patch, the shot, an IUD, and other forms which do not prevent STDs. No matter what form of female birth control a woman uses, it’s still important to use a condom. Yes a condom is a form of birth control, but in our society we use the term “birth control” to refer to the birth control pill. But yeah, I’m an idiot for using slang in a casual chat about safe sex on social media.

3 ways repealing Obamacare affects millennial health care

What will replace Obamacare?

  • The Urban Institute released a study showing that if parts of the ACA are pulled apart — as was proposed in the vetoed January 2016 bill — without a replacement, nearly 30 million Americans will become uninsured, including 4.4 million children.
  • Republicans are now floating replacement plans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” plan and a proposal devised by Trump’s pick for secretary of Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia Republican Senator Tom Price.
  • Price’s approach is to replace insurance exchanges and individual mandates with tax credits based on age to help people buy insurance themselves. 
  • The government could give grants to states to establish pools for those with high health care costs who cannot find insurance on their own.

Women’s birth control may no longer be covered.

  • Mandating that insurance companies pay for female contraceptives was a hornets’ nest of contention during the design of the ACA.
  •  The issue brought the eventual law before the Supreme Court, which, hampered by a vacant seat, sent the case back to a lower court.
  • Under the ACA, 18 types of federally approved birth control must be covered by health insurance plans offered in the exchange — with no copay and no out-of-pocket expenses.
  • While insurers, under the ACA, are required to cover a type of each of the 18 kinds of contraception for free, they are still allowed to charge women for name brand or more expensive versions.
  • Removing the provision could result in a shift back to private providers for contraceptive care.

Women’s costs may be higher.

  • Women may pay more for the same health insurance if the ACA is repealed. 
  • The ACA issued a final ruling in May highlighting its regulations that prohibit the discrimination of coverage based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
  • These protections have been in place for many years, but for women the ACA has made a big difference. 
  • Prior to the ACA, women were routinely charged up to 50% more for the same health coverage — and for some women it was as high as 81%. Even after the ACA was enacted, a gender gap sill persisted.
  • But with the final ruling this year, the practice of “gender rating,” or charging women more because they are considered to be a higher risk (i.e., they visit the doctor more, live longer and have babies), is illegal.
  • Still, some health care industry analysts believe that insurance companies should be able to use gender rating as a tool in charging patients more.
  • This suggests that without a mandate to keep insurance companies from charging women more, they may revert to a policy similar to car insurance, in which teenagers can be charged more because of their higher risk.
  • This would leave women without the protection of gender parity.

The return of rescission.

  • One of the things the ACA brought you was the peace of mind that should you — healthy, active and young, the kind of person health insurance companies love — get sick, the company cannot cancel your policy.
  • The practice is called rescission. The ACA outlaws it. With the Republicans’ interest in fewer federal regulations and lower costs, there are no assurances that replacement legislation would have such patient protections in place. Read more

beatofthesoul-deactivated201704  asked:

fyi, the hobby lobby case only applies to their employees and women have 16 other choices for birth control that hobby lobby will pay for. obv u havent read anything about the case & just believe what the media tells u.

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How do I loathe the newest rw talking point? Let me count the ways:

1. The Hobby Lobby case DOES NOT simply apply to it’s employees - it’s a national ~*precedence setting*~ case which will allow other employers to pick and choose what healthcare to provide for their women employees. Under the guise of “religious beliefs” for corporate entities, the table has been set to allow business owners to legally discriminate on any myriad of issues while simultaneously devaluing the rights and religious beliefs (or non-religious beliefs) of workers and individuals…ya know, actual flesh-n-blood people

Additionally, the very next day after handing down the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court released a clarification expanding the ruling, stating that a corporation’s “closely held religious beliefs” are not limited to contraception alone 

2. The four rejected choices you’ve alluded to (Plan B aka “The Morning After Pill”; Ella, a similar emergency contraception; Copper Intra-Uterine Device; and the IUD with progestin) which are denied to ONLY the women employees constitutes gender discrimination, especially considering that Hobby Lobby covers medically unnecessary items like Viagra and elective surgeries (vasectomies) for it’s male employees

AND…this is important…if the abortive properties of of those four devices is really what Hobby Lobby objects to, then it’s very odd (and by ‘odd’ I mean completely BS) that Hobby Lobby does not also object to any of their approved 16 contraception medicines —because those also contain progestin, without which both the IUD and the “normal” birth control pill would be rendered inert objects incapable of preventing pregnancy

And oh yeah, one of the Hobby Lobby approved contraceptives is a straight up progestin injection, while the others include forms of “birth control” —for women— that are 100% dependent on the man deciding to use it, like vasectomies & condoms 

Did I mention that female sterilization is one of the 16 approved forms of contraception by Steve Green and Hobby Lobby??  

3. Since it appears to be you who obv hasn’t read up on the case, you might be surprised to learn that Hobby Lobby is very heavily invested in Chinese firms which literally *forces* unwanted abortions on virtually any pregnant woman who has already had one child. That makes Steve Green a hypocrite and decidedly not a “Christian” who abhors abortions

4. And not only is the IUD more effective than the pill, but many women, for various medical and/or personal reasons, cannot use the pill

5. Stop getting your “news” from Fox. It’s been proven that people who watch Fox News are actually LESS informed than those who watch no news at all

(I know this is the new email blast RW talking point that right wingers are trolling with, but I wanted to address this particular ask because it’s so uninformed) 

Meet Hilary Clinton

If you didn’t know Hilary Clinton, you probably should by now. Hilary is the wife to legendary president Bill Clinton. Despite the scandals they are still married. Hilary was not only the first lady and the United States Secretary of State, but also a Yale Law graduate. Her political life has existed longer than her personal one, and is too long to even describe.

Recently, in 2008 she ran for president with Democrat candidate Barack Obama. She lost, but supported him until the end. On April 12, 2015 she announced her candidacy for the presidency in 2016.

On the issues:

  • Pro-easy access to contraception
  • Pro-choice, but “that doesn’t mean pro-abortion”; also focuses on “keeping abortion rare”
  • Pro-women! Has promoted the progression of women in leadership for decades
  • Pro-gay rights as of June 2014
  • Pro-death penalty with restrictions
  • Pro-medical marijuana; waiting for evidence on recreational marijuana
  • Pro-restrictive gun laws
  • Pro-Obama care

A couple dozen more; please send an ‘ask’ for specific issues that Hilary Clinton has taken a stance on.

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notesofarichlycolorednight asked stfu-moffat:

I’m fairly new to feminism, so correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought feminism was about letting a woman make whatever choices she wanted without being judged for it. But a while back you posted an article about “non-feminist” choices which seems contradictory. I’m an asexual, Asian-American woman, don’t get me wrong, hell yes I want the same rights (and representation), but I also want to feel comfortable expressing my opinion without being judged or it being called a “non-feminist” choice.

Furthermore, we all have and have had different experiences in life. I realise that there is a point where things do become officially non-feminist. I know that much. However, I feel that it’s unfair to call certain choices “non-feminist”–such as taking the man’s last name–if you don’t even know that person and/or what they’ve gone through that could’ve influenced that decision (or opinion).

I think that’s a very reductive view of feminism. Feminism is about gaining equal rights for women and ending sexist expectations of women (and men). For example, feminists want equal pay, for careers to no longer be divided into “male” careers and “female” careers, for contraceptive access as well as access to abortion, and ending rape and domestic violence.

Some of these do involve women making choices without being judged (e.g. choosing when and with whom she has sex, choosing her career, choosing whether and/or when to have children), but that isn’t solely what feminism is about.

Realistically, we live in a sexist society and all women will do things that have a sexist history, because this is impossible to avoid. There’s no one Perfect Feminist Lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean all choices women make are feminist or that some choices aren’t the result of sexism.

The example of taking a husband’s name is interesting, because there are a lot of not-obviously-sexist reasons that women often give for doing so - that they love their husband, that they want everyone in the family to have the same last name, that he has a cool name, that they don’t want to share the name of their relatives. But if these were the only reasons why women changed their last names, then we’d see men change their surnames for the same reasons in equal numbers. It’s a sexist tradition, and it’s important for people (including men) to examine why they expect women to change their surnames, but you don’t stop being a feminist just because you made one decision influenced by the patriarchy (otherwise no one would be a feminist!). 

Some choices aren’t feminist and you shouldn’t think someone’s not a feminist because they’re affected by the society they live in (because that would be ridiculous), but changing your surname isn’t necessarily a feminist choice just because you don’t want people to judge you for it.

- C